Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

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Fighting Poverty through Community Development

The Great Recession forced families and communities to confront the worst economic collapse most of us had seen in our lifetimes. When President Obama took office, the economy was shedding 750,000 jobs per month, and foreclosures were rising to record levels. Since then, the economy h…

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Why Health, Poverty, and Community Development Are Inseparable

For 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care for all Americans. Our mission demands that we confront head-on inequalities in access to high-quality health care and other factors that contribute to health and longevity, especially for po…

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Getting to Scale: The Need for a New Model in Housing and Community Development

Housing is a key component in the history of community development. Although there are many calls to focus on other important aspects of building sustainable communities, providing quality, affordable housing is still a crucial part of the equation. For children to be able to learn, f…

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Assessing Health Effects of Community Development

Although health is a major topic of U.S. policy debates, the focus has not been on health policy but rather on health care policy. The emphasis in such discussions on the organization and financing of health care is understandable given that health care consumes 17.6 percent of our gr…

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Routinizing the Extraordinary

It is hard not to be inspired by the community-revitalizing work highlighted in this book. Geoffrey Canada, Angela Blanchard, Tom Cousins, and many others are lifted up as extraordinary leaders who are making their communities thrive despite difficult circumstances. But we cannot rely…

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